Writer, Artist, Maker
Akwi Nji in an artist who creates as a writer, performer, and textile artist. Her work and words have appeared on stage from California's Wine Country Festivals to New York's Fashion Week.
She is a former Iowa Arts Council Fellow, founder of The Hook, and producer of multi-media artistic events in the Midwest. Her collaborative partners include Emmy-award winning composers, nationally-renowned dancers and choreographers, and companies and organizations ready to think differently about the power of story told through art.
Akwi was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and raised in Cameroon, Africa. Her experiences as a Cameroonian and Cameroonian-American (in small-town Iowa, and a bi-racial teenager in the most ethnically diverse school in the city) provided an eclectic foundation for her early writing and observations into human relationships, tension between the "outsider" and "insider" and the power of story.
Akwi's work explores the complexities of gender, parenthood, race, political and social issues, tensions between "outsider" and "insider", and concepts of home.